Photo technician to take part in Top Gear inspired fundraiser


Photo technician Joseph Wooltorton is taking part in the South West Stint this month. Good luck Joseph, we hope the fundraiser goes well!

A Top Gear inspired fundraiser will see seven friends set off on a 750-mile drive around the South West in budget cars.
The South West Stint is raising money for the RNLI and the Will Cross Fund, in memory of 17-year-old Will Lashenko Cross.
Will, who went to Kingswood School in Bath, was a talented musician who passed away following a severe case of hydrocephalus.
He was days away from performing in the London finals of a national music competition and the Will Cross Fund is helping young people to fulfil their dreams in his memory.
Will’s cousins Sam and Katie Lashenko, from Midsomer Norton, are taking part in the South West Stint from September 8 to September 12.
They will be driving alongside old school friends Tom George, George Bridges, Sophie McGarvey, Amelia Burgess and Joseph Wooltorton.
Mr Wooltorton, a photo technician at Bath College, will be driving a Hyundai Accent which he bought for £70 and has modified to make it roadworthy.
He said: “It needed a bit of work on it, but that was the whole idea. I called in a couple of favours and lots of people have donated things along the way.
“It’s a bright looking car. The idea was to make it look as stupid as possible to get more attention. We have the website and the hashtag on the car.
“We’re a close group of friends and we all love Cornwall, that’s one of the reasons we’re fundraising for the RNLI because we all love surfing.
“The Will Cross Fund is a charity that’s very close to our hearts and helps young people to achieve their ambitions and dreams.”
The team of drivers plan to stop at more than 50 places in five days, and will have to fix their own cars if they break down.
Their route starts in Cheddar and will take them all the way from Minehead, Newquay and Penzance to Plymouth, Torquay, Weymouth and Bournemouth.
They have raised £2,450 already and have attracted sponsorship from South West companies Honeystone, Xpedite, Daily Bread and Stellasoft.
Mr Wooltorton said: “The support we’ve had from people has been overwhelming and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us so far.
“We have been planning it for several months now. We’ve been doing photo shoots and we have the cars ready to go so we’re looking forward to it.
“There are barely any motorways – it’s all little B roads. We’re all having bets on whose car is going to break down first, but we hope to get through it.”
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Lecturer volunteers for the Worldwide Veterinary Service in India


Veterinary nurse Helen Jenkins is back at Bath College getting ready to welcome new students after spending the summer volunteering at an animal birth control and emergency centre in India.
Miss Jenkins, a veterinary nursing lecturer at the college, spent two and a half weeks working with the Worldwide Veterinary Service in Ooty, twelve hours from Bangalore airport.
She was there to support surgical training courses for vets and vet students at the International Training Centre (ITC), teaching patient care, anaesthesia, aseptic techniques and surgical suture.
Animal welfare organisations are advocating neutering programmes in India, where there are up to 20 million stray dogs and post-bite immunisations cost the economy over $25 million a year.
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Miss Jenkins, who helped with the neutering programme at the ITC, said: “I volunteered because I love animals and wanted to utilise my skills to give back and support developing countries in promoting animal health and welfare.
“One of the main obstacles in large scale and sustainable dog sterilization programmes has been the lack of competent surgeons that are able to operate dogs without postoperative complications.
“Our morning would start at 7am, when we would do rounds to carry out pain assessments on the dogs we had neutered the day before.
“We neutered 24 dogs a day while running an emergency clinic, where local people could bring their pets.”
Miss Jenkins also volunteered with the charity Mission Rabies, which has vaccinated more than 100,000 dogs in India since September 2013.
Her nursing work for the Worldwide Veterinary Service in India will count towards her CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
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In February, she will travel to Gambia to volunteer for the Horse and Donkey Trust.
Miss Jenkins said: “I really enjoyed the vaccination drive with Mission Rabies, helping local people in their community. It was fantastic to be part of their work to eliminate rabies, which causes the deaths of around 61,000 people per year.
“We are very lucky in the UK. Working in India was completely different, electricity was intermittent and sometimes we didn’t have running water.
“In the UK we use anaesthetic machines to maintain patients during anaesthesia, but in India we maintained the animals on injectable anaesthesia every eight to ten minutes.
“It was very cold so we struggled with hypothermia. In some cases this caused their heart rate to decrease, resulting in a critical recovery time for the patient. We kept them warm using hessian sacks and hot water bottles.
“It was an inspirational trip of a lifetime and I would urge everybody to take part in volunteering.”


Curatorship student to work with Snap and Stroll photographers on new exhibition


Picture: Sally Collister, from In the Picture Participatory Photography, with Snap and Stroll photographer Nick Rigler and Katie Constantine from Bath College

Visitors to a new exhibition will see Bath through the eyes of people in the city recovering from mental health issues.

The exhibition, at the Guildhall, features digital photographs taken by 11 students on the Snap and Stroll Project.

Participants spent eight sessions exploring Bath, meeting people with the same interests and learning from each other.

The group’s work is due to go on show on August 17, in an exhibition curated by Bath College student Katie Constantine.

Carolyn Trippick took part in the project and is currently an inpatient at the STEPS eating disorder unit in Bristol.

She said: “It is surprising how powerfully effective photography is at building positive mental health. The project has helped provide my mind with a mental break from the relentless eating disorder and anxious thoughts that normally consume it.

“It helps you to see again, to really see, to be mindful in the moment and re-discover the beauty in your own surroundings.

“I hope to continue to use photography as a creative outlet to express myself and support my health and wellbeing.”

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Photo by Carolyn Trippick

The Adult Community Learning Team at Bath College, Creativity Works, Julian House, Sirona care & health, Bath and North East Somerset Council and the Wellbeing College have all supported the Snap and Stroll project.

Sally Collister, from In the Picture Participatory Photography, developed the course and led the group sessions.

She said: “I’m delighted that participants are getting this opportunity to share their work as the quality of photography is truly fabulous.

“At the beginning some had hardly held a camera before, while others were keen photographers lacking confidence.

“However, by the end of the course, though a series of workshop activities and location shooting around Bath, we had a team who could proudly call themselves photographers. It was such a pleasure watching their confidence build.”

The exhibition will include popular Bath scenes, as well as unnoticed corners and fresh perspectives on everyday places.

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Photo by Nick Rigler

Katie Constantine, who is putting together the exhibition, has just finished a six-month Love2learn curatorship course at Bath College led by Katie O’Brien, Project Director at 44AD Artspace.

She said: “This will be my first exhibition since finishing the evening course at the college and I’m really excited to work with all of these artists.

“The students should be very proud of the high quality work that they’ve produced. My aim is to help them collect their best works together, showing each individual’s innovative vision of Bath.”

The exhibition opens with a civic reception on Wednesday August 17 from 6pm to 7pm. It will be open at the Guildhall until September 27.


Apprentice of the month: Bobbie Clarke from Curo


Bobbie Clarke, 18, from Wiltshire, is studying for a Level 3 apprenticeship in business administration at Bath College and works at Curo. Curo is a Bath-based housing association providing nearly 13,000 affordable homes to people across the West of England. Bobbie, who studied international business at Bath College for two years before taking on an apprenticeship, works within Curo’s asset administration team.
What’s your role within Curo?
In our team we manage planned improvements to all of Curo’s properties. We do things like upgrades, new kitchens, bathrooms and heating.
I deal with consents. If someone wants to improve their home and fund it themselves they need consent. I get that information in, sort it and send the surveyors out to look at the property.
Why did you decide to apply for an apprenticeship?
It’s more practical and I get to speak to contractors and customers on a daily basis. The amount of the work is the same as college but the practical side of it has given me a lot more experience within business.
I didn’t want to go to university, I wanted to earn money and learn at the same time. I felt that university wasn’t for me. I’m learning from other colleagues who show me different things.
How did you secure a place as an apprentice?
I met Lisa, who is Curo’s Employment, Training and Engagement Coordinator. I met her at Bath College’s apprenticeship fair, she did a mock interview with me and encouraged me to go for a job.
We were just talking about the role and she said ‘I really think you should go for it’. I didn’t get that job, but she encouraged me to apply for another. She thought I would be better suited to that role. I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t spoken to her.
What do you enjoy about your apprenticeship?
You learn on the job much faster. It’s better than I expected – some people said ‘you’re going to make lots of cups of tea as an apprentice’ but I haven’t had to do that. I have my own projects so I’m quite independent, my manager treats me as another member of staff. I manage my own workload and my own diary – I enjoy the independence.
What support do you get to complete your apprenticeship?
My assessor comes out to me from Bath College to see how I’m progressing. She checks my work and that I’m getting on ok. I have picked certain units and I have to evidence what I’m doing within my job to back those units up.
What advice do you have for people looking for apprenticeships?
Go to apprenticeship fairs and speak to people (because they do notice) and speak to careers advisers at the college.
Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get the first role. A lot of people get disheartened but you have to keep going. Don’t be shy, make contacts and show that you’re interested in the role instead of sitting back.
When you go to an interview write a few notes down beforehand, and then you can look at that piece of paper if you get stuck. I didn’t even need to look at my piece of paper, but because it was there I felt more confident.
What are your plans for the future?
I definitely want a career in customer service, I would love a job as a PA or to continue my development with Curo.
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